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CaNSDLE DF THE FOUR-MANUAL ORGAN, B5 STOPS, STRAIGHT SPECIFICATION 
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, BRANTFDRD, ONTARIO 



BUILT IN TDRONTD BY 

FRANKLIN LEGGE ORGAN COMPANY LIMITED 




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D. D. McTAVISH, Secretary-Treasurer 





WILLIAM C. LEGGE, Vice-President 



C. FRANKLIN LEGGE, President 
Organist, Westminster-Central United Chitrch, Toronto 




FOREWORD 

A S ORGANS differ widely in respect to their placing, architecture 
/\ and size of tonal equipment, it is impossible to catalogue 
them in a manner similar to other musical instruments. Our 
aim, therefore, in preparing this booklet is merely to present to you 
a means of reference to our firm, a few of our achievements in the 
past, and our standards of manufacturing. 

Our firm was founded in 1915 by our President, Mr. C. Franklin 
Legge, who before that time was well known as a Church and 
recital organist. His Toronto positions include Central Methodist 
Church (from 1914), Howard Park United Church (from 1924), 
and Westminster-Central United Church (from 1927). From the 
beginning the business grew and in 1919 the present location at 



918-20 Dufferin Street was secured and a factory erected, which 
has since been increased to double the floor space, with further 
enlargement now projected. 

POLICY 

From our inauguration we have built organs of the modern 
electric type only, believing at the outset that the tracker and 
tubular-pneumatic systems would soon be discarded. Concentrating 
upon the one type of action has made it possible for us to produce 
the best at a moderate cost, and our initial policy has been amplv 
justified to date. Through the years, numerous improvements and 
refinements have been made with the result that our organ action 
is now without question one of the simplest, most reliable and 
responsive in the world to-day. 








WILLIAM F. LEGGE, Superintendent 

TONE 

The tonal side of our instruments, however, has always been 
of greatest importance, for in the sound of an organ lies its chief 
raison d'etre. We have tried to employ the best points of all the 
great tonal schools of the organ world, at the same time leaning 
more strongly toward the round diapasons and brilliant reeds of 
the English Cathedral organ, filled in with the meaty flutes and 
limpid strings of our American contemporaries. We endeavour to 
preserve the traditional characteristics of the various manuals, the 
brilliant reed chorus topping off the Full Swell, the Diapasons 
dominating the Great, and the more delicate accompanimental 
stops grouped in the Choir Organ, with an adequate foundation of 
Pedal stops including if possible, a thirty-two foot flue stop and 
sixteen foot reed and reinforced for variety with several soft sixteen 
and eight foot effects. 

CONSTRUCTION 

As the general construction of a fine organ to-day must of necessity 
be of the highest quality throughout, we will not go far into 
detail in this regard. Our policy is "The best material only." 
First quality lumber perfectly seasoned is the only grade used by us, 
whether mahogany, walnut, oak, poplar, pine, or basswood. 
The high quality obtains in regard to electrical equipment, leather, 
hardware, and all other supplies. 





ANTON GOTTFRIED 

The woTld-fiimous voictr, whose tone productwns are a special feature of out organs. 



The major points of construction, such as wind-chests, reservoirs, 
blowing apparatus, are always designed to give the greatest possible 
efficiency and accessibility. Cyphering has been practically 
eliminated. The casework and console are designed and finished 
to harmonize with the interior woodwork already in the building, 
and the whole organ arranged so as to favour the releasing of the 
tone as perfectly as possible. 

PROGRESS 

Our policy has always been progressive, adopting modern ideas 
before many of our contemporaries, and applying them to those 
great fundamental principles on which the King of Instruments has 
been developed from earliest times. We recommend and nearly 
always use the stopkey registers arranged in front of the player, 
instead of the older draw-knobs which must be arranged at the sides 
and out of the player's line of sight, and in the case of stops on the 
right side, largely out of his reach. While we furnish specifications 
on both "straight" and "unified" systems of tone-building, we 
usually recommend a judicious combination of both principles 
as producing the most comprehensive instrument for the amount 
expended. This is the policy also of leading American firms. We 
usually recommend the enclosure of part or all of the great Organ 
in an expression box, as well as the Swell and Choir, etc., and use 
in some cases second touch on one or more manuals, by means of 
which many beautiful solo and expressive effects mav be brought out. 





Standard Three Manual Console, stopkey type, 
all combinations visibly adjustable 






CASA LOMA CONCERT ORGAN 



THE ORGAN 



Three manuals, over one hundred stops 
and effects. Second touch on all manuals. 
Full set of orchestral percussions. 







THE CASTLE 




THE CONSOLE 



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ST. JOSEPHS CHURCH 





Mr. Franklin Legge at the console of the new three 
manual organ, Westmoreland United Church, Toronto 






ST. JOSEPHS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO 

Three Manual Organ, West Gallerv 








BELLEFAIR UNITED CHURCH, TORONTO 

Three manuals, thirty-nine speaking stops — harp and chimes, 

thirtv-eight couplers and mechanical accessories. 



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(L^ Few Representative Testimonials Concerning Franklin JCegge Organs 



MR. E. W. GOETHE QUANTZ, LONDON, ONTARIO 

Forest, Ontario, November 26, 1928. 
C. Franklin Legge Organ Company, 

Toronto, Ontario. 
Gentlemen : 

The following is an excerpt from the report of Mr. E. W. Goethe Quantz, 
supervisor of the Music Department of the London Public Schools, concerning 
the organ installed in the Forest United Church by your firm. 

"I find that the specifications have been very faithfully adhered to and the 
work has been carried out in splendid fashion. The tone quality is excellent — 
the blending of the various tonal qualities would be difficult to improve upon, 

the voicing is so splendidly done Again may I say how much pleased I 

was with the tonal quality of the instrument, the variety of colouring, the exceed- 
ing quick action and the general harmonization of your organ with the architec- 
ture of your church — the whole being a distinct credit to the Building and Organ 
Committees and the congregation." 

The Organ Committee is glad to give their hearty indorsation to the findings 
of Mr. Quantz. The Committee and the congregation alike are delighted with 
the organ. We are also pleased to say that our business relationships with your 
firm have been most pleasant and satisfactory throughout the entire transaction. 

Yours sincerely, 

(Signed) WM. LYON HILES, 

Secretary of the Organ Committee : 



ReS^SaS 



T. J. PALMER, A.R.C.O. 

in the Ottawa "Citizen" 

The opening recital on the new organ in St. James' United Church took place 
last night before an audience that well filled the auditorium of the church. The 
recitalist was Mr. C. Franklin Legge, organist of Westminster Central Church, 
Bloor Street East, Toronto, also one of the firm of the builders of the organ. 

The new organ is a three-manual instrument of approximately 40 speaking 
stops divided as follows: choir 8, great 8, swell 13, pedal 9 and harp and chimes. 
The specifications feature a number of stops for attractive solo effects which were 
splendidly used by the recitalist last night. The voicing of the organ has been 
artistically carried out, and the general effect of the whole instrument is satisfying 
and pleasing. The acoustic properties of the auditorium are excellent for music 
and consequently an organ is heard to the very best advantage under such ideal 
conditions. 

The full organ effect is ample for the church and the tones of the soft or delicate 
stops float out from the instrument without obstruction as is so often the case in 
churches when the acoustics are faulty. St. James' church offered the organ 
builder a great opportunity and Mr.- Legge has taken advantage of this rare chance 
with very successful results. 1 was impressed with the general effect of the 
instrument. 




DR. HERBERT SANDERS, F.R.C.O. 
Organist Park Melville United Church, Montreal 

Thursday, Jan. 9th, 1930. 
Mr. C. Franklin Legge, 
918 Dufferin Street, 
Toronto, Ontario. 
Dear Mr. Legge, 

I can state with pleasure that the organ erected bv vou in the St. James United 
Church, Ottawa, pleases me tremendously. 

The action is ingenious, up-to-date, and thoroughly reliable. The full organ 
is nobly resonant; the soft stops are remarkably beautiful and altogether the 
instrument is capable of delightful effects. Its playing gave me unusual pleasure. 

Yours sincerely, 

(Signed) HERBERT SANDERS, 

(M//J. Doc. F.R.C.O.'). 
Tudor Hall. 



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MR. A. D. JORDAN 
Organist and Choirmaster Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto 

London, Ontario, January 6, 1930. 
C. Franklin Legge, Esq., 

President, Legge Organ Company, 
Toronto, Ontario. 
Dear Mr. Legge: 

As I was passing the Church of the Messiah in Toronto during the Christmas 
vacation, I dropped in to see how your organ was standing up. I was delighted 
to find everything in fine shape, and was surprised to learn, that your tuners 
had not been at the church since the early summer. The condition of this instru- 
ment is an evidence of the solid construction and careful installation of the instru- 
ment bv your mechanics, of which vou may justly feel proud. 

The pipe work is most effective and I must mention in particular the splendid 
and sonorous Diapason organ from the pedal up. Features worthy of special 
mention and not usually found in an organ of this size and cost, are the floating 
Tuba organ, an impressive tonal complement, the String Choir at 16, 8, 4, 1\ and 2 
foot registers, a delightful effect, and I am sure that the Kohlcr-Lieblich Harp 
Celeste and Cathedral Chimes are charming all who hear them. 

The mechanical details have been carefully looked after. The blower is 
powerful but quiet. The action is rapid and noiseless. The interior woodwork 
and the casework are most satisfactory in material and workmanship. Altogether 
it may be called an outstanding church and concert organ, and one which any 
organist should consider it a privilege to preside over. 

It gave me the greatest pleasure to he associated with you in my capacity of 
consulting organist, acting for the church authorities, and I should like to bear 
testimony as to the splendid co-operation given me by yourself and the members 
of your staff. 



With compliments and kind regards. 



Sincerely vours, 

(Signed) A. D. JORDAN 




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Testimonials — continued 



ST. JOHN'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CORNWALL 

Cornwall, One, October 25th, 1927. 
C. Franklin Legge Organ Company, 

Toronto. 
Gentlemen: 

On behalf of the Board of Managers of St. John's Church, Cornwall, I wish 
to express to vou our satisfaction with your work in installing the new organ 
in our church. You have carried out vour contract in a way which meets with the 
approval of the whole congregation. The organ has met only with commendation 
from all who have heard it. It has surpassed even our expectations, and we 
gladly pay this tribute to the good work you have done. 

Yours very trulv, 

(Signed) L. H. Clark 
Chairman, Board of Managers, 

St. John's Presbyterian Church. 

COLLEGE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, TORONTO 

Toronto, November 4, 1926. 
Messrs. C. Franklin Legge Organ Co., 
912 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario. 
Gentlemen: 

The new three-manual organ built bv vou for College Street Church has been 
in use nearly a year, and I feel that I should pass on to you the appreciation of 
the instrument so often expressed bv those who hear it. 

The warmth of tone which characterizes this organ is a constant inspiration 
to the choir and congregation as well as mvself. The various tone-colors are 
well contrasted yet blend perfectly. The Chimes are perhaps the best we have 
heard. 

The mechanical side of the instrument has exceeded our expectations. Although 
placed in a newly constructed building where a certain amount of damp was 
inevitable, there has been little or no trouble with the action, which for quickness 
of response is all that could be desired. 

Thanking you for your untiring efforts in producing for us such a fine example 
of the modern organ-builders art, which we trust will prove a monument to 
your ability and judgment, I beg to remain. 

Yours faithfully, 

(Signed) H. G. WILLIAMS. 

Organist. 

ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, HAMILTON 

Hamilton, March 18, 1929. 
Franklin Legge Organ Co. Ltd., 

Toronto, Ontario. 
Gentlemen: 

It affords me a great deal of pleasure to convey to vou in the name of the 
Church Council and Congregation of St. Paul's Lutheran Church their hearty 
appreciation of the splendid organ vou installed in our Church last December. 
The congregation feels entirely satisfied and every one who has heard the organ 
is delighted with the beautiful quality of tone. It has been plaved upon by 
some of the leading organists of the City and pronounced a splendid instrument 
in every way. We will be pleased to recommend it to anyone you wish to rcf;r 
to us. 

Wishing you every success, I am. 

Yours very sincerely, 

(Signed) A. RAMSPERGER, 
1 Connaught Ave. N. Secretary. 





Specifications 



As there is such a wide variety both of size and detail in organ 
specifications, we will not attempt to print a representative series 
in these pages, preferring in each instance to submit a specification 
which will meet the exact requirements of the purchaser. Our 
recommendations are based upon the size of the building, the 
size of space for an organ and its location, and the funds available. 

Frequently it is desired to install an organ which will contain 
only the stops essential for accompanimental purposes, with 
provision for additional solo stops and special features to be added 
later on. This is more practical with our system of action than 
others, and does not add materially to the ultimate cost of the 
completed instrument. 

Our specifications are scientifically planned in accordance with 
the accepted traditional ideals of tonal build-up, and preserving 
the departmental characteristics of the various manuals. We do 
not approve of the "Unit Organ" as such, but agree with the 
growing feeling among organists and organ builders, that some 
of the softer stops in an organ may be extended or duplexed in 
certain cases, without any sacrifice in the tonal effect, to the 
financial advantage of the purchaser. Our system of electric 
action permits any of the stops to be used "straight" or extended 
for unification as desired, with equal facility. 

Construction and Erection 

The Franklin Legge organ is not an assembly of parts obtained 
elsewhere, but is planned and custom-built from the ground up 
in our factory. All action work is placed on the wind, tested and 
regulated before shipment, and the final tonal finishing is super- 
vised personally by Mr. C. Franklin Legge. We manufacture 
our own electric blowers, swell engines, and actions for Harp, 
Chimes and other percussions. The percussions and special metal 
stops are made to our specifications by specialists who are 
recognized as leaders in their various lines. Our system of electric 
action is one of the simplest, most efficient, and instantaneous in 
operation in the world to-dav. The wind-chest action contains 
onlv the valve under each pipe, and the magnet which controls it. 
This makes for extreme reliability, coupled with easy regulation 
when necessarv. 



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KNOX CHURCH 
TORONTO 

Three manuals 







Fifty speaking stops, 

fortv-six couplers and 

mechanical accessories. 

Chimes 





FIRST AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH, TORONTO 

Three manuals, thirty speaking stops, thirty-eight couplers and 

mechanical accessories 






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COLLEGE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, 
TORONTO 

Three manuals, thirty speaking stops, 

chimes, thirtv-eight couplers and 

mechanical accessories 



ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CHURCH, 
WHITBY, ONT. 

Two manuals, twenty speaking stops, 

sixteen couplers and mechanical 

accessories 




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Two manuals, twenty-one speaking stops, sixteen couplers and 
mechanical accessories 




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For residence and mortuary organs, operating the 

organ bv means of hand recorded rolls. 

We are the Canadian distributors 

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Three manuals, thirty-five speaking stops, all enclosed, 
thirty-eight couplers ana mechanical accessories 










ST. JAMES UNITED CHURCH, OTTAWA 
Three manuals, forty speaking stops — harp and chimes 




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